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Product Developer, Collins Learning in London at HARPERCOLLINS

Date Posted: 9/13/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Collins has been publishing educational and informative books for almost 200 years. Throughout this rich heritage we have maintained an impressive record in creating market-leading products across various sectors. Our publishing for schools continues to deliver up-to-date and engaging student resources and exceptional teacher support to help schools tackle new initiatives and utilise the latest technology. We produce resources for UK and International curricula to support teachers and pupils at school and outside the classroom environment.

Our Collins Learning team are looking for a Product Developer to join their team. The Product Developer will be an experienced member of the team with a core competency in either editorial project management or commissioning content. The Product Developer will take full ownership of smaller, self-contained projects with support from your line manager, or will work alongside a Senior Product Developer to take final manuscripts or digital concepts and see them through the design and development stages to finished product. The Product Developer may already have some development and commissioning experience, but will be looking to develop in any of the following areas: project management, content development; commissioning; author management; contracts and legal.


  • Work with a Senior Product Developer and Publisher to capture requirements for new products, and input into the most efficient, cost-effective and appealing way to realise a product idea
  • Responsible for a good level of author care
  • May collate information to feed into others' specs, such as costs etc, or produce own costings and present for sign off
  • With line manager's support, works with author to produce final manuscript, then passes to external specialist editor/copy-editor
  • May oversee copy editorial work on some projects and then project manage through design stages to completion
  • Resolves editorial queries on manuscripts and proofs
  • Works with designer to produce proofs. May take over from Senior Product developer at this stage on some projects, and manage to completion
  • Works with designer, sales and marketing and publisher to produce draft and final cover
  • Ensures projects hit milestones on schedule, that tasks are completed on or below budget and to a high quality standard
  • Manages and records plant spend vs budget
  • Answers customer queries on own content. With support, commissions auxiliary resources on demand (reps and customer services) such as matching charts.

Key Skills/Experience

  • Editorial experience in educational publishing - including track record
  • Project management across a number of simultaneous products, print and digital
  • Worked with teams of authors and freelancers, especially to strict deadlines
  • Clear, effective and engaging communication skills
  • Unswerving attention to detail - in products and in planning
  • Excellent organisation, time and resource management with realistic goals
  • Proactive in trouble-shooting and solving problems - knows when to seek guidance
  • Questioning/analytical approach - suggestions to improve process/products
  • Flexibility - ability to juggle demanding workload and prioritise
  • Proactive and innovative
  • Excellent people management skills
  • Confident with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint

We're based in the News Building which we share with our News UK and Dow Jones colleagues in the newly-established London Bridge Quarter, opposite the famous Borough Market. Our new open-plan office has amazing views across London, and includes a variety of break-out areas to aid inspiration and a collaborative approach, a multi-media suite, and a fabulous canteen floor and book shop.

Please apply via the link below with your CV, cover letter and salary expectations. Early applications may be prioritised.

Please note: We consider all applicants based on their skills, experience and ability to do the job. We do not unfairly discriminate on the basis of convictions or other personal information. We do require candidates to undergo employment screening in accordance with the relevant local legislation. This will only happen at the point an offer of employment is made.

Overview of HarperCollins

Our mission at HarperCollins is to harness the power of great publishing and to amplify it through world class marketing, global strength, and relentless innovation. We are all working towards the same goal, and we do it guided by what matters most to us. The culture at HarperCollins is defined by our six values, which inform our everyday actions and the way we behave. From Finance to Editorial, our values shape the way we work.

PUTTING OUR AUTHORS AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING. Their success is our first concern.

WORKING TOGETHER. Sharing responsibility, helping colleagues, listening well, embracing difference, and enjoying what we do.

LEARNING & ADAPTING. Taking smart risks, learning from experience without blame and being both curious and willing to change.

LOOKING OUT AS WELL AS IN. Understanding the consumer, the marketplace and the competitive environment.

LEADING NOT FOLLOWING. Staying ahead, looking to the future, being bold and always aiming to be the best.

INTEGRITY IN ALL WE DO. Timely, open and honest communication, being fair, principled and respectful.